calgary defence blog
A Defence lawyer's perspective on issues in criminal law
Please be aware that all commentary in my blog is designed to promote discourse on a variety of topics. Though I certainly do some research on the topics discussed and often offer my "two-cents", please keep in mind that nothing I say in this blog is meant to be taken as authoritative on any subject. My comments are really just me exercising my freedom of expression for the purpose of offering some insight on topics related to the practice of criminal law. As with all topics of discussion, it is important for you to be critical. If you need a defence lawyer, please call 403.452.8018 for a free telephone consultation or consult with an experienced Calgary criminal lawyer. Happy reading! Happy watching!
Calgary Herald Calls Weak Doctors the New Culprit for Drug Addictions
September 11, 2015
In a recent edtorial, the Calgary Herald took a cue from Dr. Douglas Grant, the CEO and registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, in remarks he made to the annual general council meeting of the Canadian Medical Association.
In sum, Dr. Grant blamed "weak" and ill-informed doctors for caving to patient demands for opioid prescriptions and thus contributing to the drug addiction problem Calgary and Canada are facing.
The editorial continues with some zeal to excoriate doctors who might be responsible for contributing to addictions and for "losing control" over the doctor-patient relationship. Revealingly, neither Dr. Grant nor the Herald mentions the medical root of drug addiction problems, which research has shown often have a genetic basis and which are perpetuated by real changes in the brain and the body.
The real cure for drug addictions won't be found in blaming doctors for over-prescribing any more than it will be found in locking up people for the "crime" of drug possession and use. It will be found in the treatment of drug addiction as a medical and social problem, treating those with addiction problems not as criminally negligent or weak and out of control, but as people suffering from a condition that requires supportive assistance.
This article makes our society seem one step closer to locking up anyone who's even remotely involved with drug abuse, and that's the wrong direction to be headed.
This entry was posted on September 11, 2015
Return to Blog